The Asian Tiger Mosquito is relatively new to our area. This mosquito species is believed to have been brought into the is from shipments of old tires from Asia.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is most commonly identified by its black and white stripe down its back. It can transmit harmful diseases like West Nile virus, Chikungunya and dengue fever. The mosquito usually never travels more than one half of a mile from where it breeds.

Like other mosquito species, only the females require a blood meal to produce eggs. The female Asian Tiger Mosquito is a daytime biter and is often very aggressive and presistent. She may bite a person several times until she has gathered enough blood for egg production. She possesses the capability to bite through several layers of clothing. Whereas, the males do not bite and primarily feed on plant nectar.

The female will lay eggs in anything that can hold stagnant water such as tree bottoms, flower pots, swimming pool covers, birdbaths and clogged drains.

Global warming will likely increase the spread of the mosquito to the areas where it previously may not have survived the winter. However, the most effective way to prevent contact with the Asian Tiger Mosquito is to eliminate areas of standing water around the home, screen all windows and doors and when spending extended time outside, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves.